Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, we are so happy that Christmas is finally here! Thank you for bringing us together to study your Word on this most special day. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 22:9-10
You, Lord, brought me safely through birth, and you protected me when I was a baby at my mother’s breast. From the day I was born, I have been in your care, and from the time of my birth, you have been my God. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Babies are so small and fragile when they are first born. What are they able to do, and what can’t they do, when they newly born? How can we keep babies safe?

Child: What are some of the ways God cares for babies? What special things did you do for me when I was tiny and helpless?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, thank you for the best gift of all—your son, Jesus Christ. May we not forget that he is the reason we celebrate on this wonderful, exciting day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you be filled with joy this Christmas! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for this special day of rest. May we be thankful for it, and use it to grow closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 113:7-9
God lifts the poor and needy from dust and ashes, and he lets them take part in ruling his people. When a wife has no children, he blesses her with some, and she is happy. Shout praises to the Lord! (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Not all women give birth to children. What are some of the different ways God can bless those childless women with children? Do you know anyone who adopted a child? Tell us about that.

Child: The writer of Psalm 113 tells us to, “Shout praises to the Lord.” What are some of the things you can praise God for, right now? Let’s go around the room and list them.

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, thank you for blessing us with this family. May we never take these dear people for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you praise God today! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, as we settle in to study your Word. Teach us, and help us to follow you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 119:57-58
The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. (ESV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: When we say that we will obey God, what does that mean? Are there times when it is easier to obey than other times?

Child: God has promised to be kind to us. Do you think God ever uses a hard time in our lives to bring about something good? How might that actually be kind?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we want to obey you, but sometimes that is hard to do. Please help us. Make us into the people you would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you follow Jesus! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, we praise and thank you for giving us this day. Be with us, and turn our hearts to you as we study. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 148:3-5
Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars, come and offer praise. Highest heavens, and the water above the highest heavens, come and offer praise. Let all things praise the name of the Lord, because they were created at his command. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: How do you think the sun, moon, and stars can offer praise to God? How about things like animals or plants? What are some different ways that people can praise God?

Child: What is your favorite plant, tree or flower in the natural world? Why do you think God might have created it?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, thank you so much for this beautiful world that you have created. Help us to take good care of it, and to appreciate all that you have given us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you take care of God’s good earth! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, we are so thankful to have this time together to rest and study your Word. Be with us now, and inspire us as we learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 145:10-13
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What are some of the mighty deeds of God? What is the most amazing thing that God has made, in your opinion? How can we make sure that others know about God’s love and power?

Child: What do you feel most thankful to God for? What has God done in your life to bless you?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, help us to tell others about your great deeds. Thank you for all that you do for your people, each and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you tell others about God’s love! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for this day we have together. Bless each person here, and help us to be open to your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 27:2-3
Brutal people may attack and try to kill me, but they will stumble. Fierce enemies may attack, but they will fall. Armies may surround me, but I won’t be afraid; war may break out, but I will trust you. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What does it mean to trust God? Have you ever been worried about something, and finally decided to leave it in God’s hands? What happened?

Child: When we hear about sad events, we can always “look for the helpers,” and know that God is with them. Who are some of God’s helpers that you have seen at work in the world? Tell us about them.

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, no matter what happens around us, you can use it for good in some way. Knowing this, we find peace and rest. Thank you for your love and protection. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you always look for the helpers! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, we come before you today with open hearts. Help us to grow closer to you and to one another as we study and learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 103:19-20
God has set up his kingdom in heaven, and he rules the whole creation. All of you mighty angels, who obey God’s commands, come and praise your Lord! (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What does it mean that God rules the whole creation? How can that knowledge help us to be calm, even when things are hard?

Child: The psalm tells us that even the angels obey God’s commands. Where can we learn about God’s commands? Are there any of God’s commands that you find hard to follow?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we are so thankful that you are in control, and that we can trust you with this day. Help us to follow your commands, and to become the people you would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you obey God’s commands. Amen.